Who took the first selfie?
The first person known to have snapped a picture of themself was Robert Cornelius. An amateur chemist from Philadelphia, 30-year-old Cornelius tried his hand at photography just months after Louis Daguerre announced the invention of his early camera, the daguerreotype. To make sure his camera was exposed to the most light, Cornelius set it up outside the back of his family’s silver-plating store. He removed the lens cap, posed for a self-portrait and wrote “The first light picture ever taken, 1839” on the back of it.